X FACTOR Musical I CAN'T SING! Will Open at the London Palladium in March 2014
Stage Entertainment UK and Syco Entertainment's X FACTOR musical, now titled I CAN'T SING!, will make its official debut at the Palladium on March 26, 2014, with previews beginning February 27.
"We'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing about the title for a while," the show's bookwriter and lyricist, Harry Hill, said in a statement. "Then it hit us - there's never been a musical called I Can't Sing! It also happens to be the title of one of the funniest songs in the show, and we hope hints at the direction we're taking this production...We're pretty certain that you won't have seen anything like it before and it's great that Simon [Cowell] is backing it 4,500 per cent."
I CAN'T SING! "goes behind the microphone and under the judges' desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week."
The show, which had been announced under the Working Title X FACTOR - IT'S TIME TO FACE THE MUSICAL!, features 19 new songs with music and lyrics from Steve Brown (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Best Musical award winner), with book and lyrics by Harry Hill (Three BAFTAs, seven British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux) and is directed by double Olivier Award winner Sean Foley (Co-founder of The Right Size; Do You Come Here Often?, The Play What I Wrote and Ducktastic. West End includes The Ladykillers and What The Butler Saw).
The creative team is completed by Choreographer Kate Prince (Founder of Zoonation; Into The Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop, London Handover Ceremony at Bejing 2008 Olympics), Designer Es Devlin (Multiple West End and Broadway credits. Creative Director for Take That, Kanye West and Pet Shop Boys stadium tours. Designer for London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony), Sound Designer Gareth Owen (Tony Award nominee. Credits include A Little Night Music, End of the Rainbow, Saturday Night Fever), Lighting DesignerHugh Vanstone (Three time Olivier Award winner. Credits include Spamalot, Shrek, Bombay Dreams, God of Carnage) and Musical Supervisor Phillip Bateman (Billy Elliot, Our House, Vernon God Little).
The X Factor launched in 2004 in the UK airing on ITV1. The X Factor's 2010 finale achieving a peak of 21.2 million viewers. The 2011 finale, held at Wembley Arena in front of a live audience of 12,000, was the most watched entertainment TV show of the year. The winner of 2012's X Factor, James Arthur, has sold more than a million copies of his debut single 'Impossible', making it the fastest selling single of last year. Other artists to emerge from The X Factor include the world's biggest pop group One Direction and Leona Lewis, who has sold more than 20 million records to date.
X Factor launched in the US in the fall of 2011 on Fox, immediately becoming the No 1 unscripted show of the season. Season 2 of The X Factor was the #1 most social TV show of 2012, with the season premiere having 1.4MM social comments, making it the most talked about premiere for a TV series ever (Source: Bluefin Labs). The US version of The X Factor airs in 166 countries. Local versions of The X Factor are now produced in more than 42 territories and artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No 1's, 270 Top 10 records, and 500 Top 50 releases.